Book Review

No Quiet Water by Shirley Miller Kamada (summary)

an important topic, at least?

cw: racism, forced labour, concentration camps

Rough-hewn novel about Japanese immigrant internment camps in the USA during the Second World War.

Could have done with a bit of a tidy up on a sentence level as I often had to reread dialogue to understand who was speaking and what they were trying to say.

Some of the chapters are from the perspective of a dog.

Honestly, I don’t know if this is aimed at children or not. It’s an interesting premise and an important moment in recentish history that could probably do with a little more attention.

Not bad, but maybe not the definitive novel on the subject (but maybe not trying to be…)


I read the rest of the book and actually had quite a strong reaction against it, as can be seen in a password-protected separate post.

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